It's entirely possible that these items could indicate that this is the next-gen ZL1 or SS 1LE.

We have our very first spy photos of the next-generation, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, in what looks like a higher-performance variety. The heavily camo'd tester was spotted on General Motors' Milford, MI proving grounds alongside other GM vehicles, including a Chevy Impala and a Cadillac Escalade.

Despite the hefty amounts of camo, our spies' very long lenses reveal that the next-gen muscle car will sport a more aggressive and slightly more muscular aesthetic, with what appears to be a lower roofline and a shorter rear decklid. The area between the rear doors and the rear wheel also appears tighter, while the front wheels look closer to the car's corners. Obscured by the camo, it also looks like this new model may feature a more rounded rear end.

There are also a few high-performance bits and bobs on display here. The quad exhausts are rather prominent in the rear bumper, while large, flashy wheels aren't what we're use to seeing on a vehicle so early in its development. A rear spoiler can be seen poking off the rear decklid, while the hood sports what look like some cooling vents. It's entirely possible that these items could indicate that this is the next-gen ZL1 or SS 1LE.

Underneath the sheetmetal, a new, lighter Alpha platform is tipped to replace the current car's older Zeta platform, and has been given the codename A1BC. Under hood, six and eight-cylinder engines are expected to be offered, as well as the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder found on Alpha-platform cars like the Cadillac ATS and CTS.

As for when we can expect it to hit showrooms, our spies claim production will begin in October of 2015 in Lansing, MI. Considering that, establishing a timeline points to a debut at either the Detroit Auto Show in January, or at April's New York Auto Show.

Of course, we'll keep our ear to the ground for any additional info. Until then, head up top and take a look at our expansive first-look gallery of the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro.


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      rboote
      • 5 Months Ago
      If they have a lower roofline I sure as hell hope they have a lower beltline. Would it be possible to make the windows any smaller?
      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago
      Hope it has lost some weight.
        jtav2002
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Should lose weight on the new platform, however according to Motor Trend it actually has a longer wheelbase since they claim it's based on the longer alpha platform underpinning the CTS. I was hoping it would be based off the ATS and get a little smaller.
        surfacetwoaire
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        99.999999999% of people polled could gives a rats Arse about the weight of the car .....
      rmt_1
      • 5 Months Ago
      I'm glad GM kept the '67-'69-influenced body style, because I believe it will age well and not dredge up cliches of "men with mullets" like later body styles would. However, I wish they could have left the roofline just a bit higher to help with driver's visibility. The current Camaro's interior has a "trapped in a dark cave" feel to it and that hurts the driving experience of the car, because it's difficult to see the road, other cars, and to be able to know exactly where the car is positioned on that road. In a '68 Camaro, I never felt like I didn't know exactly where the car was positioned relative to anything else on the road, despite having '68 steering, brakes, suspension, and only one door mirror. Style shouldn't compromise function and I hope the visibility is better than what the aerial spy photos seem to show, because driving a Camaro need not require rear-view cameras, blind-spot sensors, and prayer to drive well.
        Chris
        • 5 Months Ago
        @rmt_1
        I prefer the 1970 front end, less blocky. Of all the retro muscle cars I only double take when a Challenger is driving towards me. The current Camaro front end and tail just bore me, its like a 80s Daytona boring
          SCOTTM
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Chris
          I think the rear is MUCH better than the outgoing 2013. In fact, it and the new front are the reason I am probably going to buy one next spring.
      187fl
      • 5 Months Ago
      Looking forward to how this thing shapes up to be. Although they did wonders with the 5th gens suspension and where able to put out very competitive models, the weight was always a factor. This one will be lighter going to the ATS platform and i'm sure they will bring a more modern interior. As far as the visability is concerns it's something that will be know when someone actually drives it. I don't have a problem with it. If you want a car with these types of porportions that is going to be the trade off. Many radical looking cars have had this issue and people adapt. Im also fan of pushrod engines and how easy they are to mod so im exited to see the new lt1 in this thing. Bring on the competetion. Now the Challengers turn to update theirs.
      DavidG
      • 5 Months Ago
      With a lower roof line than the current one, it had better have a periscope. I considered the current one until I had a fit of claustrophobia during a test drive.
      Ryan Schneider
      • 5 Months Ago
      Long lenses don't get you shots from this kind of angle. Are auto paparazzi getting into the drone game!?
      Jesus!
      • 5 Months Ago
      Im excited!!! Cant wait to see it.
      v6sonoma
      • 5 Months Ago
      Yes!!!!!!!!! Can't wait!!!! Love my 5th gen SS and look forward to see what they do with the 6th. Based on what we've seen with the new Corvette I think it'll be the best Camaro yet.
      jim
      • 5 Months Ago
      What happen to the days (67-68-69) when it was about big engine, small car. That was what a Camaro,a Camaro. Why can't put all that new stuff in a smaller body. That's just me. I'm just an OLD fart
        jack smith
        • 5 Months Ago
        @jim
        Technically, it IS a smaller car, Jim. The Cadillac ATS, which is built on the same alpha platform that this new Camaro is supposed to share, weighs 3,461lbs with a 3.6L turbo V6 coupled with an automatic transmission. Therefore, if all other things remain equal, a Camaro built on that same platform could possibly weigh right around 3,500lbs with Chevy's newest LT1 engine (in the C7) and a manual transmission. GM might find a way to screw it up, just like Ford found a way for their new Mustang to actually gain weight when going to a lighter platform.... But let's all hope GM finally knows what NOT to do.
          Tariff The Imports
          • 5 Months Ago
          @jack smith
          You cannot get a 3.6L turbo V-6 in the ATS yet. The V-6 ATS is a bit under 3600lbs. The N/A 4 pot is a bit under 3400lbs and is $34,000 base price. To keep the price point ok for the next gen Camaro, it will not have as much weight saving tech in it either.
          jtav2002
          • 5 Months Ago
          @jack smith
          It depends on what measurement you're using to say it's smaller. Weight wise, yes. But Motor Trend claims it's actually going to be longer as it's based off the CTS version of the alpha and not the smaller ATS.
        Terry Parker
        • 5 Months Ago
        @jim
        I agree I hate these massive iterations of the classics. It's like driving a boat. The worst offender is the Challenger. That thing is MASSIVE!!!!!!!
      SCOTTM
      • 5 Months Ago
      Boy, I hope they lighten it up. The new 2015 base M4 (3300 lb) weighs 600 lb less-than a 2015 Camaro 1SS 1LE, yet the M4 has shown to put down about the same horsepower to the rear wheels (380).
        montoym
        • 5 Months Ago
        @SCOTTM
        All for only $64k to start. Not to mention that your numbers are off as well in regards to the M4. Straight from BMW's website, they show the M4 to weigh 3,585lbs with an automatic and 3,530lbs with a manual transmission. Even the lightest weight version of the 4-Series (presumably), the 428i, weights in at 3,450lbs with a manual transmission. As has been stated multiple times elsewhere and tons of times here as well, the next-gen Camaro is going to be built off of a completely different platform that the current model. The reason the current model weighs as much as it does is because of its platform. The Alpha platform that underpins the ATS and CTS and will underpin the Camaro as well, will allow a significant decrease in curb weight. I'd expect the Camaro to come in not far off from the figures for the M4, maybe a bit below, maybe a bit above. In any case, it will be less than the current model by a fair amount.
      Jai
      • 5 Months Ago
      Holy sh!t the front of this thing is as wide as an escalade!
      Scott
      • 5 Months Ago
      back seat still useless
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